Any relaxation of the measures for higher education is not to be expected in the short term, as also became apparent yesterday at the government's press conference. For the new academic year, we are assuming that teaching activities on the campus will be possible without restrictions. You can read more about the choices for the coming period below.
Since resuming on-campus teaching activities is unlikely to be possible for some time, we will be making maximum (creative) use of the available UvA campus building capacity – as soon as the coronavirus measures for the higher education sector are scaled back - to create more study places, including outside University Library locations, as well as for small-scale teaching activities, project work, meetings, providing one on one guidance, assessment, and spaces for employees, research and study association activities.
The regular scheduled education will be offered online in the second semester of academic year 2020-2021. If corona restrictions for universities are (partly) lifted and degree programme departments see opportunities for providing on-campus teaching activities they can do so in agreement with UvA-guidelines.
Although we would prefer to offer on-campus teaching activities for as far as possible, we expect that the restrictive measures will be in place for some time longer and that the capacity of UvA buildings will remain restricted due to the 1½-metre social distancing measure, even if some restrictions are eased. In addition, some UvA students are not in Amsterdam, so we have chosen to dedicate the limited space to other activities, such as study and project spaces.
Our starting point is that in academic year 2021-2022 we will be able to offer all teaching activities on campus without restrictions. All degree seeking students (including international ones) are therefore expected to return to Amsterdam in academic year 2021-2022.
It goes without saying that the teaching activities will depend on the coronavirus developments. As a result, the rules regarding physical presence may still change for 2021-2022. We will notify you of this in good time. However, the premise is that things will go back to normal.
Timetables and schedules are currently being drawn up. We want to return to the campus, to face-to-face teaching and meeting up with each other. This is why we have now decided to assume that ‘regular’ in-person attendance will be possible in academic year 2021-2022.
The government recently announced that next year student will receive a maximum of 50% reduction on their statutory tuition fees. This should give students a bit more financial breathing space in these difficult times. More information about this, will follow, on the government's website.
In addition, the government is introducing a number of other measures.